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Rise & Shine: Boulder parents sign petition to recall charter board members

COLORADO

  •  According to opt-out activists, this will be a big year in Colorado for parents pulling their kids out of standardized testing. Activists are trying to “starve (the state) of data.” EdNews Colorado
  • The message from superintendents at a panel Wednesday was that Colorado reform has been too top down and they need more flexibility to carry out big changes. EdNews Colorado
  • A math tutoring program in Denver schools has shown big initial increases in students’ math performance but whether those gains will last is less clear. EdNews Colorado
  •  Race to the Top finalists were announced yesterday and several Colorado school districts made the list. EdNews Colorado
  •  Two Colorado school districts and a foundation won USDA Farm to School grants. EdNews Colorado
  • The slate of Dougco school board candidates who opposed the current board and who lost in the election are moving forward with a legal challenge related to their erstwhile opponents’ campaign activities. Our Colorado News
  • District administrators at Poudre School District who are under scrutiny for a so-called “pyramid scheme” involving district money may also have pressured employees to participate. Coloradoan
  • In Boulder, the school board named a new president and two of its members are now facing a petition from parents for recall, due to firing of a beloved principal. Daily Camera
  • The fallout from school board races continues. As new board members take over in Jeffco, community members can expect big changes. Denver Post
  • The Adams 12 Five Star candidate who did not live in the district in which she ran will have her votes counted, according to a judge’s ruling. The Secretary of State plans to appeal. Daily Camera
  • A Parker charter school received a national award for its focus on student character. Our Colorado News

NATION

  • In New York, an affluent area of the city is exempt from the city-wide choice process, leading to accusations of favoritism. WNYC
  • Arne Duncan apologized for his comment about “white suburban women,” saying it was a clumsy phrase. US DOE

OPINION

  • Why did A66 fail? Van Schoales said that it’s a combination of factors, included weak alliances. EdNews Colorado
  • Colorado voters want to reform the school system, not the funding, according to the vice-president of the Adams County 12 school board. EdNews Colorado
  • A teacher argued that Facebook makes his students, especially the boys, better writers. The Atlantic

 The headline of this post has been changed to clarify that parents in Boulder are signing a petition to recall members of a charter school board, not the Boulder Valley board.

Rise & Shine

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What's Your Education Story?

As the 2018 school year begins, join us for storytelling from Indianapolis educators

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Sarah TeKolste, right, and Lori Jenkins at a Teacher Story Slam, in April.

In partnership with Teachers Lounge Indy, Chalkbeat is hosting another teacher story slam this fall featuring educators from across the city.

Over the past couple of years, Chalkbeat has brought readers personal stories from teachers and students through the events. Some of our favorites touched on how a teacher won the trust of her most skeptical student, why another teacher decided to come out to his students, and one educator’s call to ramp up the number of students pursuing a college education.

The event, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, is free and open to the public — please RSVP here.

Event details:

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203
Get tickets here and find more on Facebook

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School safety

Hiring more security officers in Memphis after school shootings could have unintended consequences

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Tennessee’s largest district, Shelby County Schools, is slated to add more school resource officers under the proposed budget for next school year.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson earmarked $2 million to hire 30 school resource officers in addition to the 98 already in some of its 150-plus schools. The school board is scheduled to vote on the budget Tuesday.

But an increase in law enforcement officers could have unintended consequences.

A new state law that bans local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials could put school resource officers in an awkward position.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently reminded school personnel they are not obligated to release student information regarding immigration status. School resource officers employed by police or sheriff’s departments, however, do not answer to school districts. Shelby County Schools is still reviewing the law, but school board members have previously gone on the record emphasizing their commitment to protecting undocumented students.

“Right now we are just trying to get a better understanding of the law and the impact that it may have,” said Natalia Powers, a district spokeswoman.

Also, incidents of excessive force and racial bias toward black students have cropped up in recent years. Two white Memphis officers were fired in 2013 after hitting a black student and wrestling her to the ground because she was “yelling and cussing” on school grounds. And mothers of four elementary school students recently filed a lawsuit against a Murfreesboro officer who arrested them at school in 2016 for failing to break up a fight that occurred off-campus.

Just how common those incidents are in Memphis is unclear. In response to Chalkbeat’s query for the number and type of complaints in the last two school years, Shelby County Schools said it “does not have any documents responsive to this request.”

Currently, 38 school resource officers are sheriff’s deputies, and the rest are security officers hired by Shelby County Schools. The officers respond and work to prevent criminal activity in all high schools and middle schools, Hopson said. The 30 additional officers would augment staffing at some schools and for the first time, branch out to some elementary schools. Hopson said those decisions will be based on crime rates in surrounding neighborhoods and school incidents.

Hopson’s initial recommendation for more school resource officers was in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sparked a wave of student activism on school safety, including in Memphis.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s recent $30 million budget boost would allow school districts across Tennessee to hire more law enforcement officers or improve building security. Measures to arm some teachers with guns or outlaw certain types of guns have fallen flat.


For more on the role and history of school resource officers in Tennessee, read our five things to know.


Sheriff’s deputies and district security officers meet weekly, said Capt. Dallas Lavergne of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. When the Memphis Police Department pulled their officers out of school buildings following the merger of city and county school systems, the county Sheriff’s Office replaced them with deputies.

All deputy recruits go through school resource officer training, and those who are assigned to schools get additional annual training. In a 2013 review of police academies across the nation, Tennessee was cited as the only state that had specific training for officers deployed to schools.